Dish with the character for longevity (shou)
- Ming dynasty (1368–1644), Jiajing period (1522–66)
- Carved red and yellow lacquer
- H. 1/16 in. (.2 cm); Diam. 6 1/8 in. (15.6 cm)
- Credit Line:
- Gift of Florence and Herbert Irving, 2015
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The character for longevity (shou) is a persistent theme in Chinese art. Whether used as a primary motif, as here, or a secondary design, it always illustrates a wish for the blessing of a long life.